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Guidelines for Freshers of 2018/2019 Academic Year

  • In General
  • 19 Jul 2018 - 5:25pm
  • By Elias Tuhereze
  • 7,622
A Fresher pauses a question during Freshers orientation held on 27th August 2015.

First Year students (Freshers) are by tradition given an “acclimatization” period of normally one week which is referred to as the “Orientation Week”. The Freshers report on Campus one week earlier than the Continuing students and during this week they are introduced to the key facilities in the University as well as other important aspects of life at the University.

Schedule of Semesters for Academic Year 2018/2019

Orientation Week:

Getting used to a new place can be pretty daunting, but that is what orientation week is all about; getting to know your surroundings, meeting students and staff members. This makes you feel comfortable enough to hit the ground running when the semester starts. It is a great chance for you to familiarize yourself with the University.

Saturday 4th August, 2018 to Friday 10th August, 2018 (7 Days) – Orientation Week

Semester One

Saturday 11th August, 2018 to Saturday 8th December, 2018 (17 Weeks)

Semester One Vacation

Saturday 8th December, 2018 to Friday 18th January, 2019 (7 Weeks)

Semester Two

Saturday 19th January, 2019 to Saturday 18th May, 2019 (17 Weeks)

Semester Two Vacation

Saturday 18th May, 2019 to Saturday 27th July, 2019 (10 Weeks)

During this week, arrangements are made to enable the Freshers meet and be addressed by Key Officers, Wardens and Student Leaders who welcome the students.

Arrangements are also made to enable the Freshers acquaint themselves with such key facilities at the University like the Library, University Hospital, Games and Recreation Facilities etc. Freshers are expected to take advantage of the week to survey and acquaint themselves with the general Campus lay out. Another major activity during the Orientation Week is Registration.

All Freshers must ensure that they are registered first centrally and then with each of their respective Colleges/Schools/Departments/Halls.

Orientation Events

Saturday 4th August, 2018

Resident Freshers report to their respective Halls of residence or private Hostels by 5.00 p.m. It is the responsibility of each student to make his/her own travel arrangements to the University or private hostel.

Monday 6th August, 2018

All Freshers shall report to the Freedom Square for a meeting with the University officials at 9.00 a.m. The Freedom square is the open ground in front of the Main Administration Building where official functions of the University are normally performed. Freshers are expected to be seated by 9.00 a.m.


For a candidate to qualify to be a bonafide student of the University, he/she must be registered. Registration is a mandatory requirement of the University which must be done within the first two (2) weeks from the beginning of the semester by every student. Privately sponsored students will pick their original admission letters after payment of 60% tution and all functional fees from their respective colleges.

Registration will commence on Monday 6th August, 2018 starting at 9.00 a.m. each day.

Ensure that you complete all the required registration formalities within the prescribed time in order to avoid disappointments later.

Registration Requirements

For registration purposes, all first year students MUST produce their original documents. Government sponsored students shall pay the following fees to Makerere University Fees Collection Accounts:

  1. University Rules Booklet - Shs.2,300/=
  2. Undergraduate Gown - Shs.18,400/=
  3. Identity Card - Shs.45,000/=
  4. Guild Subscription fee (Per Year) - Shs.11,500/=
  5. Endowment fee (Per Year) - Shs.11,500/=
  6. Senior Common Room fee (Per Year) - Shs.5,750/=
  7. Sports Contribution fee (Per Year) - Shs.17,250/=
  8. Medical fee (Per Year) - Shs.50,000/=

Total - Shs.164,000/=


(i) The above fees replace the ones on Page 13 in the Freshers Joining Instructions for government sponsored students.

(ii) The Fees Structure (bill) for either Government or Private is attached on your admission letter.

Other Fees

  1. National Council for Higher Education fee (Per Year)-Shs.20,000/= (Payable to the National Council for Higher Education Account in Stanbic Bank)                                                                                               
  2. UNSA Subscription fee(per year)-Shs.2,000/=(payable to Stanbic Bank,City Branch,A/C 0140007248501)

​Payment Procedure

Beginning Semester I 2018/19, all payments are to be made through AIMS System.

Login your account at https:/student.mak.ac.ug and generate a Payment Reference Number (PRN). The PRN is required make a payment in the bank.

Should you find difficulties in generating the reference number, banks at the campus have helpdesk dedicated to assisting students generate reference numbers and make tuition payments.

For inquiries, you can contact the Revenue Office on the ground floor, Main Building or send an email to finance@finance.mak.ac.ug

Payment of Living-out/Food Allowances 2018/18 Academic Year

All Government Sponsored students are required to submit Bank Account Names and Numbers to the office of the University Bursar as soon as they receive their admission letters to the University for purposes of processing the above allowances. Payment of the Living-out/food allowance shall only be done after registration with the University. 
Students are therefore advised to pay the prescribed University dues and register at the earliest opportunity.

Change of Programme/Subjects

(a)      Change of Programme

Since selection for specific programmes was made according to each candidate’s performance and order of programme choices, taking into account the available subject combinations and time-table limitations, there is normally little need to change the programme or subjects.  However, some places become vacant when some of the students admitted do not take up the offers.  Such places are filled through the change of programme/subjects.

Students who wish to change programmes first of all register according to the registration time-table for the programmes and subjects (where applicable) to which originally have been admitted.  Each student who may wish to change his/her programme/subject is required to pay an application fee of Shs.6,000/= plus the bank charges to Stanbic Bank, dfcu Bank, Post Bank, Centenary Bank and Post Bank.

(b)      Change of Subjects

Students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or the College of Education and External Studies may wish to change their subjects.  Change of Subject will be done online on payment of Shs.6,000/=, to either Stanbic Bank, dfcu Bank, Post Bank, Centenary Bank.

Students should be aware that changing one subject may result in a change of College.  Before students apply to change their programmes, Colleges and Subjects, they are encouraged to seek advice on the cut-off point(s) for programmes, requirements for specific subjects and possible subject combinations.

Students are notified and warned about this Senate ruling that any one transferring to another subject or College without proper authority will be liable to discontinuation from the University.

A student who has been permitted to change his/her programme or subject(s) is issued with a letter stating so, and on receipt of such a letter that student should complete the ACCEPTANE Part and return a copy of each to the Undergraduate Admissions and Records Office, the former and the new College/School.

The change of programme/subjects will be done online from Monday 6th August, 2018 to Friday 10th August, 2018 at Level 3, Senate Building.

N.B:    It is advisable that only those students who meet the cut-off points for the desired programmes may apply.

Alfred Masikye-Namoah


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